Tom Alter, the head of acting department at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has resigned stating that he is “unable to find time for academic activities” owing to other commitments.According to a Hindustan Times report, students had an argument with Tom Alter on May 23 at the director’s office after which the actor had threatened to resign. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, his resignation has reportedly not yet been accepted by the management. FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola confirmed the resignation, but said, “The institute is trying to persuade him to withdraw the resignation.”
ALSO READ FTII students express displeasure over key academic changes like electives, syllabusBrijendra Pal Singh, chairman of the FTII academic council said that the students had refused to attend Alter’s classes because he had demanded 100% attendance. The students on the other hand, had accused Alter of using “dictatorial ways”.Alter’s resignation can be seen in the background of displeasure expressed by students’ association members over the newly constituted academic council which passed key academic changes like choice-based credit system, electives, new syllabus and a new vision statement. The council members had also proposed the usage of hostel facilities only during the duration of the course​.
ALSO READ FTII row: Mamata Banerjee sends TMC MPs to visit Pune to express solidarity with studentsEarlier last year, the students of FTII went on a 139-day strike to oppose the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute.Brijendra Pal Singh also expressed annoyance about the opposition by students over everything.
ALSO READ Govt accepts resignations of Jahnu Barua, Santosh Sivan, Pallavi Joshi as FTII membersAlter had joined the institute in the year 2014 and was voluntarily teaching students free of cost.

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Tom Alter resigns as the head of FTII acting department